View Full Version : when is it time to throw a knitting needle away?

06-08-2011, 01:17 PM
How do you know when it is time to throw a set of knitting needles away?

I have many metal knitting needles that have the paint/finish worn off at the tip and the yarn will not slide over the needles easily. I also have some bambo needles that have a lot of gouges in the tip that catch the yarn and make it snag.

Jan in CA
06-08-2011, 03:11 PM
If they snag your yarn or the flaking might come off I'd say toss them.

06-08-2011, 05:08 PM
I have a lot of older metal needles and while the coloring on the tips may have worn off a little, none to the point where they snag the yarn. For bamboo needles, you can take some fine sandpaper and smooth out the tips.

06-09-2011, 11:01 AM
Can you try to polish up the metal ones with wax paper? (Thinking of sliding down a metal sliding board, we used to use wax paper to make it slippery-er.)

06-10-2011, 10:23 AM
I use an emery board to smooth the tips of my bamboo needles. Sometimes they are just not pointy enough for me so I also refine the point when I feel the need.